Don Johnson
American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter
Don Johnson
Donnie Wayne "Don" Johnson is an American actor known for his work in television and film. He played the lead role of James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s TV cop series, Miami Vice, which led him to huge success. He also played the lead role in the 1990s cop series, Nash Bridges. More recently, Johnson played Kenny Powers' father on the HBO series, Eastbound & Down.
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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Finally, Jim Breuer Lives Out His "Rock n Roll Dreams"
Huffington Post - 3 months
Keanu Reeves and Dogstar. Google it if that's a non-sequitur to you. Or don't bother. The bottomline is pop culture stars who thrive in one area often want to live out another dream. It's why Johnny Depp went on tour with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (among others). It's why Don Johnson performed "Heartbeat." OK, definitely Google that. Anyway, my point is people who are good at one thing often try to do it across another medium. Rarely does it work out. In the case of Jim Breuer, however, he's more Depp than Don. I say this even though "Heartbeat" has the most epic music video of all-time. Breuer, a veteran of stand-up comedy for 20 years whose credits include a strong run on Saturday Night Live and a role in the cult comedy Half-Baked, is currently trying to "make it" as a hard rock frontman. So far, so good. Drawing on his comedy chops, the performer - in an ode to Spinal Tap or maybe not but it fits - dropped his debut rock album earlier this year, and sucks it does not. Pu ...
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Mario Cantone: Interview "They Don't Really Know the Scope of What I Can Do As an Entertainer"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Riveting humorist, alluring impressionist and compelling actor, Mario Cantone, will be appearing at The Ridgefield Playhouse on February 26, where he will be showcasing his an avant-garde witticism, as well his edgy celebrity impressions and infused musical variety. Celebrated essentially for his role on Sex In The City and as captivating guest host on The View, the audacious comedian interrupted his vacation in order to speak about his upcoming performance and nearly everything under the sun. He was contagiously funny, extremely candid and soulfully humble. The name of your touring engagement is On the Way to Broadway. What surprises do you have for your audience? "People know my one man show, Laugh Whore, it's in the vein of that. It's a one man variety show. I have a band, I have an opening number, I do stand up, and I bash reality shows because I hate them. There will be celebrity observations, music and musical impressions. Liza will make an appearance, Bruce Springsteen ...
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How To Compete For World Championship Of Public Speaking
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"When I say connecting speaker and audience I'm not speaking figuratively or metaphorically. I'm talking about an actual physical connection, a brain to brain connection, speaker with listener. Science has shown us that this is actually possible."-World Champion Of Public Speaking Don Johnson The first step in order to consider competing for the World Championship Of Public Speaking is to become a member of a Toastmasters club. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is more than 332,000 members. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations. As a first-time member, as long as you have completed your first 6 manual speeches from your Competent Communicator (CC) Manual, you are in good standing, you can qualify to compete for the International Speech Contest. There are world champion of public speakers like C ...
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5 Lessons Die Hard</em> Can Teach Us About Storytelling
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Die Hard, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, has stood the test of time as not only one of the best action films in cinematic history, but also as one of the best scripts ever written. ScreenCraft featured it in 10 Scripts to Read Before You Die. The film debuted in 1988, released during a decade in which the action genre was at its highest, having given birth to action icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger (Commando) and Sylvester Stallone (Rambo). Those two figures dominated the action genre with the likes of other action stars later in the decade -- Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, ...
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ABC Orders The Muppets and Ken Jeong Comedies, Oil Boom, '80s L.A. Crime, FBI Dramas, and More
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
If you like days when networks pick up new shows, then today was your favorite day ever. Networks got a headstart on the Upfronts by ordering several new shows, and ABC just made the biggest order of them all! The Alphabet added three new comedies and six new dramas to its 2015-2016 season, including a reboot of The Muppets and another Shonda Rhimes drama. Stay busy, girl! Let's start with the comedies before things get too serious. The Muppets follows the personal lives of Jim Henson's lovable puppets in and out of the show that made them famous in a documentary-style presentation. We'll be witness to their love lives, professional aspirations, and everything in between. It's billed as a more adult take on The Muppets, but also kid friendly. Ummm, okay! Dr. Ken stars Community's Ken Jeong as a brilliant doctor with terrible bedside manner. But that's not all! He's also a husband and father of two, and he has a propensity for driving those around him crazy. Suzy Nakamura, Tisha-Campbel ...
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Dakota Johnson Strips Down For Elle, Reveals Her Secret To Playing Anastasia Steele
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Dakota Johnson is quickly becoming a household name. First, she was cast as Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated, highly sexual book-to-screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." Now, the 24-year-old beauty is gracing the cover of Elle's March issue, looking every bit as sultry as her character. "I don't have any problem doing anything," Johnson tells Elle of the chops and sexual honesty needed for the "Fifty Shades" role. "The secret is I have no shame." That said, what interested the actress most while reading the book wasn't the racy scenes, but rather the characters' interaction. "Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes," she says. "I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down." In real life, Johnson -- daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson -- is dating Jordan Masterson, brother of "That '70s Show" star Danny Masterson. From th ...
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Sundance Film Festival 2014 U.S. Competition Entries Feature Kristen Stewart, John Slattery, Lena Dunham
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Our first major glimpse of next year's indie darlings is here, thanks to the newly unveiled lineup for the Sundance Film Festival. Among the offerings for U.S. competition at next year's fest are the first feature film directed by "Mad Men" star John Slattery, a big-screen return from Lena Dunham and the reliable presence of festival-circuit favorites like John Hawkes and director Joe Swanberg ("Drinking Buddies," "LOL"). The competition is also lathered with genre flicks, from the horrific "Cold in July" and "Life After Beth" to the dramedy trappings of "The Skeleton Twins," which stars Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell. Still, A-listers like Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Aaron Paul are among the featured players, so we can count on the festival to maintain its usual confluence of obscure movies with ever-popular stars. Here are the 16 movies screening in the U.S. competition. All are receiving their world premieres at Sundance. "C ...
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Charlie Hunnam's Fifty Shades of Grey Replacement Should Be a "Fresh Face," Says Producer
US Magazine - over 3 years
Start crossing A-list hunks off the list? Fifty Shades of Grey movie producer Michael De Luca told The Los Angeles Times on Monday, Oct. 21 that he wants Charlie Hunnam's replacement in the role of Christian Grey to be a newcomer. "I feel like everyone has an idea of what these characters look like and sound like, so to present the world with fresh faces -- where no pre-conceived notions or baggage come with it -- is best," he explained. "It's like casting Superman or James Bond. A fresh face is appropriate." PHOTOS: Shirtless hunks Since Sons of Anarchy star Hunnam dropped out of the role on Oct. 12, several handsome actors have been rumored to be up for the coveted role in the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel. Rumored A-list contenders -- who should perhaps be ruled out already -- include: True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard, White Collar actor Matt Bomer and Vampire Diaries hottie Ian Somerhalder. Other lesser-known actors in the running -- who may still have ...
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'Boogie Nights' live in L.A.: Lautner does Diggler!
Entertainment Weekly - over 3 years
By Lindsey Bahr ''Twilight'' star, Don Johnson, Judy Greer in Jason Reitman script read: On scene
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49 Percent of Americans Support the Majority Opinion: The Sociology of Obamacare Poll Numbers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
According to the latest polls, more Americans oppose Obamacare than oppose the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. Nevertheless, I can understand the sentiment behind public opinion. I want affordable care. But I don't want President Obama himself to examine me. A rectal exam is already so awkward. But to do it in a room full of secret service agents? Now that is an embarrassing situation (...especially since I only came in to have this sprained ankle looked at). Oh, it's possible that Americans just don't recognize that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. And these polling numbers reflect our nation's ignorant stupidity. But, no, I like to believe in the reality of semantics. I mean, if you ask people if they would prefer marriage to "signing a legal document that leads to tedious perfunctory sex, night after night, with the same boring person for the rest of your miserable life until you die," I predict most people wou ...
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"Stubble, Stubble, Toil and Trouble"
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Jerry Zezima When I was in high school and was just starting to shave, which led to so much blood loss that I should have been honored by the Red Cross, I read "The Razor's Edge," the W. Somerset Maugham classic that was not, much to my amazement, because I was a stupid kid, about shaving. Young men reading the book today would be similarly surprised, which is why many of them, unwilling to risk bleeding to death, barely shave at all. Lately I have noticed that stubble is in style. Everywhere you look, there are guys with 5 o'clock shadow. I don't know what happens when the time changes and it's either 6 o'clock or 4 o'clock (spring ahead, fall behind, cut yourself, wounds to bind), but I do know that women love this look on young guys but hate it on geezers like me. One of them is my wife, Sue, to whom I cuddled up on a rare day when I didn't shave. "Stop it!" she shrieked when I nuzzled her with a face (mine, naturally) that looked and felt like sandpaper. "Don't you ...
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One Day at a Time
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Empty your mouth—vomit's on its way! by Ann Romano MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Get some eye wash ready—because what follows is a headline that could blind you for life: "Kris Jenner Has a Sex Tape." Yeeeeaughhh! Our eyes! OUR EYES! (Splash, splash.) Unfortunately, it's true: In a teaser for an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians—which only a true, self-loathing masochist would ever watch—the mom of fame troll Kim Kardashian admits in front of her entire family "[Hubby Bruce Jenner] and I made a sex tape." Now why on earth would any sane person admit something like this in front of cameras? It could have something to do with (a) her daily talk show getting canceled due to absolutely abysmal ratings and the fact that everyone hates her guts, and (b) her daughter Kim found her fame by making a sex tape, and so sad mama Kris is trying to get similar attention. This concludes the most depressing paragraph we have ever written. We ...
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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Adaptation Almost Didn't Have Charlie Hunnam As Christian Grey
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES — Charlie Hunnam will likely have to bare all and engage in some very graphic sex scenes as the leading man in "50 Shades of Grey," but he says it's not a new dimension for him. "You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career," explained Huunam. "I starred in the British channel Four miniseries `Queer As Folk' where I played a young, gay character and there were some incredible, explicit sex scenes on that show. So I feel, and now I am 16 years older and more mature so I don't anticipate them being too much of a problem. It's like anything else, just an exciting challenge." After months of speculation, the 33-year-old Hunnam was chosen to play Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the main characters in the erotic, best-selling novel "50 Shades of Grey," by E. L. James. Hunnam talked about his hotly anticipated role on Saturday night as he attended the premiere of the sixth season of "Sons of A ...
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8 Things To Know About Dakota Johnson
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Dakota Johnson was thrust into the spotlight this week when the 23-year-old actress was cast as Anastasia Steele in the film adaption of E L James' erotic best-seller "50 Shades Of Grey," after a months-long search. In case you're not familiar with Johnson, we've created a handy cheat sheet. 1. As the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, she's Hollywood royalty. 2. Her first film role was as Griffith's daughter in the 1999 film "Crazy in Alabama." 3. Her grandmother is Hitchock muse Tippi Hedren. 4. She was signed to IMG when she was 18 and has modeled for Uniqlo, Oliver Peoples and Mango. 5. She had a small part in "The Social Network" and shared this memorable scene with Justin Timberlake. 6. She starred as a young single mom on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Ben and Kate." 7. She served as Miss Golden Globe in 2006. 8. Of growing up in a famous family, she told "Access Hollywood" in 2012, "I got to experience a lot of things that a lot of people never get to do. There w ...
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'50 Shades' Movie Casts Its Leads
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK — The big-screen adaptation of E L James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" has cast its lead roles. Charlie Hunnam will play the 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson will play the college student he captivates, Anastasia Steele. Focus Features and Universal Pictures announced the castings Monday. The 23-year-old Johnson is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. She has had small roles in "The Social Network" and "21 Jump Street." The 33-year-old British actor Hunnam starred in this summer's robot-monster battle "Pacific Rim." He currently stars in the FX series "Sons of Anarchy." Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film is to be released next August.
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Eyes 'Social Network' Scene-Stealer Dakota Johnson
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - The "Fifty Shades of Grey" rumors are flying fast and furiously on the Universal lot as the film - set to fog up theaters less than a year from now - prepares to finally tie down its all-important cast. The latest actress to emerge as a serious contender for the coveted role of Anastasia Steele is Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Johnson started out as an IMG model before transitioning to acting and launching a movie career, including a memorable scene with Justin Timberlake in "The Social Network. ...
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GM cuts Volt electric car price by $5,000 for 2014 model
Yahoo News - over 3 years
DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Tuesday it is slashing the price of its Chevrolet Volt electric car by $5,000 to help boost demand for the plug-in hybrid in a segment still struggling to gain a foothold in the U.S. auto market. The price cut for the 2014 model will lower the price to $34,995, including delivery fees before federal tax credits. Pricing could fall as low as $27,495 with the tax credit. "We have made great strides in reducing costs as we gain experience with electric vehicles and their components," Don Johnson, U.S. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Don Johnson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 65
    In 2015, Johnson began starring in the ABC prime time soap opera, Blood & Oil.
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  • 2013
    Age 63
    In January 2013, after recalculating interest and avoiding an additional appeal, Rysher paid Johnson $19 million to end the lawsuit.
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  • 2010
    Age 60
    In July 2010, a Los Angeles jury awarded Johnson $23.2 million in a lawsuit against production company Rysher Entertainment, from whom Johnson sought a share of profits commensurate with his ownership of half the copyright of Nash Bridges.
    More Details Hide Details Rysher announced it would appeal the verdict.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    In May 2008, Johnson came within hours of losing his Woody Creek, Colorado, home to foreclosure; he paid off his $14.5 million debts less than 24 hours before a scheduled auction of the property.
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  • 2002
    Age 52
    In November 2002, German customs officers at the Swiss-German border performed a routine search of Johnson's car.
    More Details Hide Details Bank statements evidencing US$8 billion in transactions were found in the trunk of his car. He was accompanied in his black Mercedes-Benz by three men: an investment adviser, a personal assistant, and a third of unknown identity. Initially it was thought Johnson was involved in money laundering, but he was cleared of wrongdoing.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    On April 29, 1999, he married San Francisco socialite and Montessori nursery school teacher Kelley Phleger, then 30, at the Pacific Heights mansion of Ann and Gordon Getty.
    More Details Hide Details Actor Robert Wagner served as best man, and Mayor Willie Brown presided over the civil ceremony. Johnson and Phleger have three children together: a daughter, Atherton Grace Johnson (born December 28, 1999), and two sons, Jasper Breckinridge Johnson (born June 6, 2002), and Deacon Johnson (born April 29, 2006).
  • 1995
    Age 45
    In 1995-1996 Johnson was briefly engaged to Jodi Lyn O'Keefe who played his daughter on Nash Bridges.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    They reunited and conceived a daughter close to the start of 1989, Dakota Johnson (born October 4, 1989) and were married again from that year until 1996.
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  • 1988
    Age 38
    Johnson next had a relationship with Barbra Streisand, lasting into at least September 1988.
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    Characterized by shipmates an aggressive, fearless pilot who doesn't make mistakes, two years later he was crowned World Powerboat Champion in 1988 and became the first and only Hollywood actor to break through to a tier I motorsport championship.
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    Johnson is a Golden Globe-winning actor for his role in Miami Vice, the American Power Boat Association's 1988 World Champion of the Offshore World Cup, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, Johnson scored his first motor sport victory, a 1,100-mile powerboat race, New Orleans to St. Louis, up the Mississippi River.
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    Johnson released two albums of pop music in the 1980s, one in 1986 and the other in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details His single, "Heartbeat", reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was the title track from his first album, and was a collaboration with Robert Tepper. Johnson is a good friend of Tepper and of Willie Nelson, and was briefly a part of the "Thailand Pack", alongside Tommy Morrison, and British TV funny man Les Dennis. Previously, Johnson worked with Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, co-writing the songs "Blind Love" and "Can't Take It with You" with Dickie Betts, which appeared on their 1979 album, Enlightened Rogues. B.B. King and Jules Taub co-wrote the song "Blind Love"; the Allmans covered it. There is no writer's credit to confirm he co-wrote "Can't Take It with You". "Till I Loved You" was the title track (a Top 40 hit in the Billboard Hot 100) of a studio album released on October 25, 1988 on Columbia Records. The song was a duet with then girl-friend, Barbra Streisand. The song was re-released on the Streisand album "Duets" in 2002.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    Between seasons, Johnson gained further renown through several TV miniseries, such as the 1985 TV remake of The Long, Hot Summer.
    More Details Hide Details Johnson later starred in the 1996-2001 drama Nash Bridges with Cheech Marin, Jeff Perry, Jaime P. Gomez and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Johnson played the title role of Nash Bridges, an inspector (later promoted to Captain) for the San Francisco Police Department. In Nash Bridges Johnson was again paired with a flashy convertible car, this time a Curious Yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda. In the fall of 2005, he briefly starred in The WB courtroom television drama show Just Legal as a jaded lawyer with a very young and idealistic protégé/partner (Jay Baruchel); the show was canceled in October 2005 after just three episodes aired. In January 2007, Johnson began a run in the West End of London production of Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit. Johnson also has a role in the Norwegian comedy Lange Flate Ballær 2 ("Long Flat Balls II"), directed by Johnson's friend Harald Zwart. Johnson did the movie as a favour to Zwart. The movie was launched March 14, 2008 in Norway, with Johnson making an appearance at the premiere. He next appeared in When in Rome with Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston and Kristen Bell.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    In 1980, he dated Sally Adams (then using the pseudonym Sally Savalas), mother of actress Nicollette Sheridan.
    More Details Hide Details Cybill Shepherd has written of a liaison with Johnson in her autobiography. Johnson lived with actress Patti D'Arbanville from 1981 to 1985. The couple has a son, Jesse Wayne Johnson (born December 7, 1982). A 1989 description of the couple's life in the 1980s said,
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 26
    On her 18th birthday they became engaged, and were married in January 1976; they filed for divorce that July.
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    In 1976, Johnson was roommates with actor Sal Mineo when Mineo was murdered outside their West Hollywood, California apartment.
    More Details Hide Details From 1984-1989—after years of struggling to establish himself as a TV actor (in such fare as Revenge of the Stepford Wives), and a string of pilots, none of which became a TV series, Johnson landed a starring role as undercover police detective Sonny Crockett in the cop series, Miami Vice. The character typically wore thousand-dollar Versace and Hugo Boss suits over pastel cotton T-shirts, drove a Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona (really a replica kit on a 1981 Corvette chassis), followed by a Ferrari Testarossa and lived on a (later a 42 -ft) Endeavour yacht with his pet alligator, Elvis. Miami Vice was noted for its revolutionary use of music, cinematography, imagery, and its glitzy take on the police drama genre. In the show, his partner was Ricardo Tubbs, played by Philip Michael Thomas.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    Johnson studied drama at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His first major role was in the 1969 Los Angeles stage production of Fortune and Men's Eyes, in which he played Smitty, the lead role.
    More Details Hide Details This exposure led to the quickly forgotten film The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970, based on a novel by Robert Westbrook, son of columnist Sheilah Graham). He continued to work on stage, film and television without breaking out into stardom. His notable films from this period were Zachariah (1971), The Harrad Experiment (1973), Lollipop and Roses (1974), and A Boy and His Dog (1975).
  • 1967
    Age 17
    A 1967 graduate of South High School, he was involved in the high school's theatre program.
    More Details Hide Details As a senior, he played the lead role of Tony in West Side Story. His biography noted that he had previously appeared in "Burnt Cork and Melody" and "The Hullabaloo." He also attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Johnson has spoken about his draft-exempt status and his dislike for war.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Johnson was born December 15, 1949 in Flat Creek, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Nell (née Wilson), was a beautician, and his father, Wayne Fred Johnson, was a farmer. At the time of his birth, they were 19 and 17, respectively. At age six, he moved from Missouri to Wichita, Kansas.
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